Why I Love Journaling (And You Should Too!)

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I’ve observed something leaders have in common: they are perpetually busy! While I’ve banned that word from my own vocabulary, it’s a word that leaders (not to mention everyone else) uses more frequently than they realize! Most often, the word busy is used in connection with something they know they ought to be doing, but just don’t have the time. There are a few tasks that seem to fall into that category, tasks that would make a remarkable difference and give them some time back! One of those tasks: journaling! Some people find putting pen to paper thrilling. For others, … Read More

Why Fun Never Fails

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Not long ago I turned 40, again! It was a magnificent day. My day began with sleeping until I woke up, something I don’t normally do on a work day. It felt fantastic! I lingered at breakfast and ate just what I wanted, not what I had time for. The days preceding my birthday were nippy and gray; even a snow flurry or two! But on my birthday, the weather was amazing. There was a gentle breeze and tons of sunshine. I took advantage of the beautiful day and worked in my yard. Yard work might not be your kind … Read More

Self-Care: Selfish or Something Else?

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A bundle of perpetual motion – that’s my newest granddaughter. At five months old, she’s determined to conquer life sooner rather than later! She has little use for sleep – who knows what she might miss out on while recharging? And IF she must sleep, she wants to enjoy it in the arms of Mom. She’s not yet figured out how delightful life can be with sleep or how sleeping on her own would do great things for her and even greater things for her mom! Babies aren’t much for self-care!  Sadly, the majority of adults I meet aren’t so … Read More

How to Simplify Your Schedule

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I am no Imelda Marcos! The first lady of the Philippines was known for her extravagant lifestyle including her enormous shoe collection – 1060 pairs! My shoe collection: miniscule by comparison. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate a sweet pair of shoes. Back when I was in college, I had the privilege of spending a summer studying abroad. It was an amazing learning experience. While in Paris, the highlight for me was not the learning, but a beautiful pair of red flats that I purchased – a souvenir of sorts! Red is my favorite color, so they had that going … Read More

7 Steps to Simplifying Your Life

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Who doesn’t love Christmas morning? The stockings, the gifts, the yummy cinnamon rolls and egg casserole – at least that’s how we roll at my house. It was always such fun as a parent to watch my kids unwrap their gifts and be delighted with the contents. This year I was able to enjoy that same fun feeling with my grandkids –at least my oldest grandson. My granddaughters are both still a bit young to truly enjoy the wonder of Christmas like they will in years to come. The funny thing is that you can take care in picking the … Read More

7 Simple Ways to Be More Organized

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This year one of the changes I wanted to make was getting more organized. I created some new systems that have made work run smoother – I’m quite pleased about that! And I’ve nibbled away at the boxes in my basement, although there are still more to go. It doesn’t take much to put off organizing, especially when life is full…and it’s almost always full, right? And when things aren’t organized, it is frustrating and wastes time. You find yourself hunting for things, doing things over, missing deadlines – the list goes on! When you are organized, you can be … Read More

Skip Resolutions – Embark on a One Word Adventure Instead

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Did you make New Year’s resolutions in 2017? Here’s what the top ten New Year’s resolutions were for 2017 according to the 2000 people they surveyed. Perhaps you too made one or more of these resolutions. While it’s traditional to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s something I rarely do! Did you know that only 1 out of 10 people who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them? That isn’t very motivating to me. Given that 55% of Americans don’t make New Year’s resolutions at all, tells me I am not alone. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve been adopting … Read More

10 Ways to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

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Cooking is a creative outlet for me; a chance to experiment and indulge in luscious food. In the last 31 years, have yet to make a turkey for Thanksgiving or any other time of year!  That’s one of the few culinary tasks I delegate to my husband so that I am free to focus on all the other yummy sides and desserts.  After all, my husband has some mad turkey cooking skills! Over the years, he’s smoked them, baked them in brown paper bags, and even prepared them in the crock pot! For the last few years, our turkeys have … Read More

How I Set My Day Up for Success

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It’s no secret – there are 24 hours in each day. Whether you are wildly famous or an unknown, you have the same number of hours in your day. How you choose to use your hours – that makes all the difference! And how you choose to start your day – that has the potential to alter all that follows! There’s no one right way to start your day. Your morning routine must work for you. Here are the morning routines of some well-known folks: Queen Elizabeth II: She begins her day by waking up at 7:30am. A cup of … Read More

What’s Your Go To Question?

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Everybody has their own story and unique motivations that prompt them to do what they do. That’s why I enjoy character driven movies, biographies, and meeting new people. People are fascinating! Getting to know someone new is like unwrapping a gift – you just never know how their life will impact and change yours. Sometimes it isn’t even getting to know someone new, but taking the time to go deeper with someone you already know and discovering a side of them that you didn’t know existed. Lately, I have been noticing a sad phenomenon. Perhaps a habit that social media … Read More